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legitim

[ lej-i-tim ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ɪ tɪm /
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noun Roman and Civil Law, Scots Law.

the part of an estate that children or other close relatives can claim against the decedent's testament.

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Also le·git·i·me [li-jit-uh-mee]. /lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmi/.

Origin of legitim

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin lēgitima (pars) the lawful (part), equivalent to lēgi- (stem of lēx law) + -tima, feminine of -timus adj. suffix
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